The Blue Jays Ballpark by Tim Gouw

Autumn days are magical. Crisp air, beautiful sunsets, and morning fog so heavy you swear it could carry you away. Autumn days sure are magical. That’s not the only reason why these days fall among my favourites of the year. Fall days call for baseball, and a lot of it.

I must admit, I’m a late bloomer to the sport (and appreciation) of baseball. When I was a kid, living in New York City, I used to love the Yankees, not for their blockbuster players, but because I thought their logo was just so cool. Perhaps my love of Design…


by Ricardo Vazquez

On a cold April morning, a young boy opened a letter left for him. He recognized the author immediately; it was his grandfather’s writing. The boy began reading the words his grandfather left him…

Author’s note: This short story is best read when listening to the following piece of music:

There was nothing left but silence.

One of my first memories of this life occurred on a cold October day, a day like today perhaps, I don’t know. It was a damp day, and the sea parted in waves as high as the mind could imagine. They were waves…


As a student of Foucault and Sartre, I’ve been trained to look at objects, events, and decisions as fragments of places: the here and there. I remember the first time my university professor John Ricco explained this singularity. Seeing the other as a place, as a moment in time. This way of perceiving the world has changed every facet of my life. When rowing, either on the water or on a machine, the goal becomes a place. When dealing with a difficult decision, I imagine 2 subway stops, the here and there. In between lies nothing but discomfort. It is…


Time flies, doesn’t it? It doesn’t feel like that long ago since I wrote about my experiences after having joined Mozilla for one week. Well, it’s been one year. This year has been especially important for me, and I would love to share with you what it feels like to be a part of this organization.

The Designers’ Pyramid at Whistler, B.C.

Growth is Exponential

One thing I’ve found here at Mozilla is that growth is non-linear. Ever since I joined Mozilla mid-last year, I began specializing on my strengths and skills. Whereas in the past I performed a blend of UI and UX, I chose to specialize in…


Let’s overlook the impressively ignored warning signs that our current society holds above its head. We are burning through the brake pads on our society’s cultural advancement. Not only do we talk less, write less, and listen less, but we are constantly ‘inventing’ more ways to make immediacy a thing of the now.

I’m twenty-five years old, and I’ve woken up tired. “The society of the now’, they call us. Those young people that can’t seem to wait for anything. Hey, I’m guilty of this, too. …


I recently completed an illustration for our brand new landing page. I want to share with you my design process and iterations. I’ve never been the best illustrator; my skills lie more in front-end design and development. However, I feel like I had quite a few “aha!” moments I would love to share with you. Perhaps you are in like me, and illustration intimidates you a teeny bit. Hopefully this will help you! Huge shout out to Cassie McDaniel for guiding me through the iterative process.

My initial goal was to create an illustration of the Earth. We wanted to…


Most days are a struggle; caught between the now and then. A text message here, an email conversation there, and suddenly I’ve stopped looking.

Come to think of it, I realize I haven’t looked up in a while. Logic tells me there is nothing up there, nothing but sky and planes. The need to be connected keeps my head down, that is the more logical choice. And so, days go by, looking nowhere but down. Something happens though; I feel my creativity slowly expunged from me. As if I can’t harness the beauty of the world and transfer it into…


The first day feels like a dream. It feels as if it won’t last. You are quickly snapped into reality when you’re offered your first cup of coffee. This is real. It is actually possible for one place to harness all this amount of passion. You feel it all around you, and you’ve just become one more person with a mission.

Mozilla is everything and nothing like you would expect. At Mozilla Toronto, where I am, the office feels intimate. You would swear this is not a 1000-person company. It feels more like a big family. There is a community…


How I Learned What Passion Feels Like

Originally published on Svbtle.

I saw him as a superhero. He stood six feet tall, a giant in my 8 year-old eyes. My grandfather was the type of man who would stand with dignity, he was the type of man who would instill courage in you just by staring into his eyes.

My grandfather’s name was Blas, an uncommon yet familiar name. He was a musician. He played trombone for the National Symphony of Spain for over thirty years. If you ever saw a man who loved his job more than he loved breathing, it was my grandfather…


Why You Shouldn’t Skip the 101 Course

Most people choose to skip the 101 course; that which embodies the notion of a beginning. The simplicity and innocence of concepts learned in the foremost years of an individual’s education have the potential to lay the path down for complex thinking thereafter.

Please, don’t cheat time.

Learn with conviction. Do not be afraid of purpose. Understand that mastery can only be born out of curious and humble beginnings. By going through the endeavour of learning and thought-crafting, we have the capacity of creating and moulding ourselves.

In the poem *The Speed of Darkness*, Muriel Rukesyer wisely…

Ricardo Vazquez

Senior Product Designer at Shopify. Teacher. Rower. Interested in culture, design, aesthetic, wit, reality, thought, and the happiness of pursuit.

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